A wonderful time singing @ the Botanics

This weekend on Sat & Sun the Open Community Singing Group had lots of fun singing a selection of African songs at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. It was for a Slow Food Edinburgh fundraising event called ‘A Thousand Gardens in Africa’ http://slowfoodedinburgh.com/1000-gardens/ . The vibrant songs were a wonderful start to the event and were warmly received, some of the crowd even joined in for a bit too!

Changes over Summer

11th & 18th July the singing group is still going ahead even though Penny will not be attending. It will be a peer led session and is a great opportunity to bring along a few songs you would like to sing or share with the group.

25th July Penny will be back and leading the session as usual.

The 1st & 8th August there will be no singing session at all. Many people are away so it will be a short break from singing until 15th August when sessions will resume as normal for the rest of the year.

Spring Fling and Easter break

On Saturday the 9th of March the group will be taking part in the Spring Fling run by the South Edinburgh Arts Fair Association in Polwarth Parish Church.  We’ll be singing probably at lunch time (1:20 to 1:40), but the timing is still to be confirmed.  This should be a good chance to let potential new members know about the group.

On the 28th of March we are taking a break for Easter, and so there will be no session that day.  We’ll be back at the Eric Liddell Centre as usual on Thursday the 4th of April.

First session for 2013

The OCSG’s first singing session in 2013 will take place this Thursday 10th January 18.30 – 20.30 at the Eric Liddell Centre. We hope you can make it – everyone is welcome to drop-in!

It costs £8 (concessions £6) per session, or £30 (£20) for a series of five sessions. Sessions will be running weekly (on Thursdays) in 2013.

Weekly sessions starting in 2013

We have been having a wonderful time during all the singing sessions over the past few months. The Open Community Singing Group has doubled in size and expanded it’s repertoire of songs. If you have been thinking of coming to a session, this Thursday the 6th Dec is the last one for 2012. But don’t fret…there are plenty of sessions booked into the calendar on a weekly basis for 2013 starting on Thursday 10th Jan 6.30pm-8.30pm.

First 5 sessions

Will take place @ Eric Liddell Centre (Morningside) on:

Thursday 11th Oct, 25th Oct, 8th Nov, 22nd Nov, 6th Dec


It costs £8 (concessions £6) per session, or £30 (£20) for a series of five sessions.

No singing experience is required, just drop-in to the sessions if you fancy singing.


We are a very friendly, secular choir with no auditions. We welcome anyone who has a passion to sing with us- whether untrained singers or music scholars! Our singing style is folk rather than classical and varies hugely from song to song – whether it’s a blues number or a gentle African lullaby. Penny Stone is our incredible, charismatic teacher who specialises in voice production. We meet up fortnightly on Thursdays (starting the 11th Oct 2012) from 18.30-20.30 at Eric Liddell centre on Morningside Road. Anyone is welcome to come along!

Hope you can join us!